Being a good neighbor is the right thing to do and it’s part of what prepares you to be an engaged citizen when you leave the University of Minnesota.
Things you can do to be a good neighbor:
If in a house rental:
We partner with multiple community organizations that are a great resource for students and the surrounding community.
Restorative Justice Community Action: enables you to defer a livability citation if you participate in a community circle process to repair the harm to the community. Citations include underage consumption, noisy party, disruptive behavior, detox, public urination, etc.
Sheridan Story: works with local community orgs to reduce food insecurity on weekends for children in local schools who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. Volunteers from many area churches help fundraise and pack food bags that are distributed confidentially into backpacks on Friday’s at Marcy Open School and Pratt School locally (in addition to almost 100 schools across the Twin Cities metro).
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association: get involved in the oldest neighborhood in Mpls and help plan community events, respond to neighborhood concerns, provide input for n’hood planning like the redesign of the 5th St Pedestrian Bridge or the addition of bike lanes to 8th St SE, etc.
Southeast Como Improvement Association: this neighborhood has a huge focus on sustainability and environmental initiatives with some amazing community gardens and the FairShare Farm among other neighborhood projects.
Prospect Park Association: participate in a vibrant n’hood org that is working to improve the plans for growth around the 29th St Lightrail Station and the Tower Park area among other projects.
Cedar Riverside Community Council: this is the new neighborhood organization which is bringing together residents, businesses and students to work for the success of the Cedar Riverside area. Get involved in safety initiatives, covid-19 community response team volunteer opportunities and more.
Como Early Learning Center(Como Student Community Co-operative, SE Como)
Community Childcare Center (Commonwealth Terrace Student Family Housing Co-operative, St. Paul))
Miniapple Montessori (Marcy-Holmes)
For listings of Parks, please see the Resource Directory
Southeast Seniors: helps seniors stay in their homes in the SE Mpls area and needs volunteers for yard care, help at home, rides and visits with local senior citizens.
SE Library: your local public library at the corner of 4th St SE and 13th Ave SE offers great programming as well as study spaces for you or your small group to work on presentations, practice and more. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays currently.
Minneapolis Police Department: Meet your Crime Prevention Specialist and get involved in the 2nd Precinct Advisory Council to learn more about crime trends near your home.
University District Alliance: The University District Partnership Alliance is made up of interested and committed people from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus area neighborhoods, business associations, University student government, the City of Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota. It also includes a growing number of friends and partners who are committed to achieving the vision of the Alliance.
Those we partner with currently:
Southeast Christian Church: a local church reaching out to students by providing study space, free wi-fi and coffee a few nights a week as well as opportunities to get involved and volunteer.
University Lutheran Church of Hope: a local church with an active justice and advocacy group that does quite a bit of programming geared toward student interests.
University Baptist Church: offers an amazing music ministry as well as justice and peace work. Check out the Roots Cellar Music Series.
St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center: take advantage of active programming for students weekly with opportunities for a retreat, spring break mission trip and more!
Seeds Covenant Church: active community which meet at Marcy Open School and help facilitate the Sheridan Story collaboration there at the school.
Other local churches:
Stadium Village Church: local church with international focus. Many volunteer opportunities and classes for international students.
Sojourn Campus Church: local church with focus on identity, community, and missions. Many small groups to join.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: local church with focus on missions and service.
Masjid Dar Omar Al-Farooq: Mosque focused on prayer, assisting the needy, education, and promoting the well-being of Muslims in Minnesota.
Universal Christian Ministries: church focused on inviting people and peace.
If you live in the City of Minneapolis, 311 is a great tool. But sometimes people get confused about which tool to use, 311 or 911.
911 is the number to use when you need police, fire or ambulance response.
311 is the number to use when you need non-emergency City information or services.
311 is only open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are calling from outside the 612 area code, dial 612-673-3000.
911: assault, someone is passed out, you’ve been robbed, shots fired, suspicious behavior, party or noise complaint*.
311: street light is out (on a metal city pole), unresolved housing complaint, animal control, graffiti, impound lot, unshoveled sidewalk complaint
*People question if a party or noise complaint should go to 911- the Police department tells us it should go to 911 so dispatch can enter the info and it can become part of the paper trail about a problem property if need be. It may be a lower priority call for the Police to respond to, but it should go to 911.
Information about waste removal for specific properties can be found on your city's website. On the City of Minneapolis website you can learn how to prepare yard waste, learn about single-sort recycling, and find the different pickup schedules. For St. Paul and surrounding areas visit Eureka Recycling and Ramsey County for trash collection information.
Be sure to bring your cart back in same day. Don’t leave carts out and try to bag your items so they don’t blow around the neighborhood if your cart is knocked over.
Don’t use your recycling carts for trash. You can request additional trash containers if one is not sufficient for your unit.
Garbage is picked up each week in Minneapolis.
Recycling is picked up every other week in Minneapolis.
Garbage and Recycling are picked up weekly in St. Paul. Haulers vary.
Since it's inception, the Pack and Give Back program has diverted over 300k pounds of household items from landfills, and back to students and the neighborhood.
Help us by donating your reusable items when you are moving out each year. Help yourself by shopping the FREE STORE each fall and saving money on great supplies for your new apt or house.
The ReUse Program Warehouse is open for donation drop-offs from June 1st to August 24th, 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Items collected on campus by the ReUse Program, or brought to the ReUse warehouse by students and neighborhood residents, will be part of the program's "Free Store". Based out of the ReUse warehouse (883 29th Avenue SE), all items in the Free Store will be offered free of charge to students from August 26th to September 7th.
Residents of neighborhoods Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Cedar-Riverside, and Prospect Park may also shop the Free Store during the last week of the sale if they have made a donation.
DO NOT drop materials outside the ReUse warehouse overnight. This is considered illegal dumping and will be prosecuted. Materials for donation can only be accepted during normal business hours. Violators will be prosecuted.
Pack & Give Back is funded in part through a partnership with Hennepin County Environmental Services, in collaboration with City of Minneapolis Waste Management, the ReUse program, Off-Campus Living, Housing & Residential Life, and Community Relations at the University of Minnesota.
883 29th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
To prevent reusable items from entering the landfill.
Call 311 to report graffiti on your home or in your neighborhood. Even if you plan to clean up the graffiti yourself, make a report first. Clean City crews take photographs of the graffiti so police can track it or you can attach a photo to your online graffiti report. Homeowners and reporters of graffiti are encouraged to use the 311 app for iOS or Android.
Once the graffiti is reported, a deadline for cleanup will be mailed to the property owner. If the graffiti is not cleaned up within seven days of being notified, the city may remove or paint over the graffiti and the property owner will be billed for the cost of cleanup.
If the graffiti is on your property, it's your responsibility to clean it up. Free graffiti removal solvent is available at all Minneapolis fire stations.
There are ways you can prevent your property from being targeted by graffiti vandals. Considering adding security lighting or other measures.
If you see graffiti or any other vandalism in progress, call 911. If you are able to identify the persons involved and it leads to their arrest and conviction, you could qualify for a reward.
Information from http://www.minneapolismn.gov/graffiti
One of the recent Liaison tagging prevention efforts has resulted in the Gateway Mural Project, a Tony Diggs award winning project. Located on the large (often tagged) retention walls underneath the train bridge on 15th Ave SE in the SE Como Neighborhood, this was a 2-year collaboration between OCL and artists Carly Schmitt (https://carlyschmitt.wordpress.com/) and Sara Udvig (https://www.skudvig.com/) with help from the Good Neighbor Fund, MN Legacy, MN Student Association, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and many wonderful neighbors and neighborhood organizations.
This mural was not only used as a community-wide outlet for ideas and creativity, but also a colorful, engaging way to prevent continued tagging of the previously blank walls in SE Como.
The project is currently seeking volunteers who would like to be part of the mural upkeep team, making sure that any tagged sections of the mural get repainted, as well as general repainting of any weathered areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Minneapolis has some specific rules around recreational fires.
Some highlights to keep in mind:
Other friendly advice:
From time to time, we host Community Housing Forums to help you stay informed on upcoming city council ordinance changes or policies being discussed on or near campus. We will share notes and summaries after the forums to help you stay informed and learn what you can do to make your voice heard.
Student Affordable Housing Town Hall hosted by Minnesota Student Association
Oct. 17, 6pm-8pm, Humphrey Room 50B
Join MSA and Council Member Steve Fletcher to hear about your housing experiences and also how you envision affordable housing in the campus area. We will give updates on upcoming city policies, answer questions, and brainstorm how these will apply to and shape student apartments.
Community Housing Forum (hosted by OCL)
(July 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm at 312 Bruininks Hall)
Included presentations by Minneapolis City Council members Cam Gordon (Ward 2) and Steve Fletcher (Ward 3) as well as MN State Senator Kari Dziedzic (district 60) and then breakout discussions at individual tables between stakeholders